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The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 2: Create Value

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In Part 1, we looked at the first step of the value journey, Understand Value. In part 2, we will look at the next step, Create Value, and the product manager’s role in this step. As we did in part 1, we will look at this in the context of one insanely great product manager, Steve Jobs, as well as some other examples. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

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The Pentagon Wars – A Product Management Disaster

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The Pentagon Wars, made as an HBO movie in 1998, is based on a book of the same name by Col. James Burton (retd). The film depicts the development of the Bradley fighting vehicle. Col Burton was appointed by Congress as an outsider to oversee the testing of new weapons in development, including the Bradley. In order to get up to speed with the development history of the Bradley, Burton dives into the mountain of paperwork documenting it’s development. This is where we pick up the movie below for a 11-min scene that takes us through the “product development process” in flashbacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Aug 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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Six Thinking Hats

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Casually, I asked my 10 year old how his day had gone at school. He seemed to be anticipating this question and eagerly told me that he had learnt about Six Thinking Hats. He explained to me that this was a way of thinking pioneered by Edward deBono. There were six hats, each of a different color, that you were supposed to imagine wearing, and then think along that direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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Back to square one on Privacy

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Google’s decision to unify its 60-odd separate privacy policies into one über, so-called “simplified” policy has touched a few nerves. The Washington Post did a poll of it’s readers, and of the 14,000 odd who took the poll, a whopping 65% said that they would cancel their Google accounts because of the privacy changes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 26, 2012 at 1:49 am

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Product Manager as CEO of the Product

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A few weeks ago, I came across this blog post on LinkedIn.  It was about the product manager’s role as CEO of the product and what should be done so that Product Managers can actually function in that respect.  The comments were also equally interesting.  Some pointed out that the reference to “CEO” is intended to highlight the leadership behavior expected of an individual in that role, while others felt it was about decision making authority on the lines of what a CEO in a company has.  All of these are valid arguments. As can be expected, when titles and glory are involved, the subject can be a little touchy 🙂

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Jan 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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